Sunday, 7 April 2013

Von Haus Colour Workshop


In March I was lucky enough to win tickets to the first (ever) Von Haus Colour Workshop hosted by Fiona Parry-Jones of Von Haus Design Studio. Fiona is originally from the UK and started out as a colour and textiles designer. 

Fiona named the design studio Von Haus which means "Of the House" in German. Fiona's husbands family are German and she wanted to incorporate their German heritage into her new venture. How fitting I thought!!

Not only does the colour workshop help you fix a design dilemma you have in your home, it is also a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people with the same interests. Not to mention the amazing food platter Fiona puts on, I think I rolled out of there!

Below are photos of Fiona explaining the 60/30/10 colour rule to us which, if you are a designer you would be aware of however I'm not a designer so this concept was very foreign to me.






















To explain the 60/30/10 rule you first need to know that the amount of colours used in a room should be narrowed down to 3 and these are broken down as follows: 60% of one colour/texture, 30% of another and 10% of one more.

For an example, see the below monochrome colour board compiled by Fiona.




The 60% colour is white, for the walls, tiles and the prints, 30% is brown as shown in the wooden objects, the brown leather arm chair and wooden stools and the final 10% is black, which is used to tie it all in using a lampshade, some black fabric for cushions or an ottoman and the prints.

This concept should be applied when deciding on a colour palette for any room in your home indoor or outdoor.

Once we all understood the concept, we then applied this to our own design dilemma. I went into the workshop with a picture of our lounge room which doesn't get a lot of sun and has a chocolate colour "L" shaped couch. So overall it's very dark and needs a serious dose of colour injection.

I love colour, I just wasn't sure how to tackle this room as we currently rent and I can't exactly wallpaper or paint the walls.

Fiona advised me to incorporate it elsewhere by picking a colour scheme (as above) and then applying those colours to fabrics for a rug and/or an ottoman. Some modern and bright accessories, floating shelves/bookcase and a low lying entertainment unit. So off I went searching through fabric, paint colours and magazines.




Once we had compiled a number of cuttings, all of these are then assembled onto our own colour boards. If we had any qualms about whether the items we had chosen would suit our rooms Fiona was more than happy to guide and advise us on the best colours, textures, furniture and accessories that would suit.






















We had about 3 hours in total to put together our boards which was ample time although it was so therapeutic that I could have sat there doing it all day! Below are 2 finished colour boards, can you guess the colour schemes?






















So, if you are looking for a bit of colour inspiration and would love to learn how to decorate your home Fiona is holding these colour workshops once a month at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, St Kilda Road in Melbourne. The next one takes place on Saturday the 13th of April so get in quick!

To book for the next workshop click here or if you would like any further information on the Design Services of Fiona Parry-Jones please visit her website www.von-haus.com.au.










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